Month: December 2014

High End Holiday Glamour

We overcame Black Friday and Cyber Monday and are deep in the trenches of the holiday season. I put together a few outfit ideas hoping to inspire you not to go for a black sequin dress and gold shoes this year (even though there is nothing wrong with that)! I want everyone playing with color this holiday season.

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Dress – Matthew Williamson $5,630
Shoes – Manolo Blahnik BB Suede 115mm Pump $595
Clutch – Hideout Bermuda Black Triangular Leather Clutch Bag $97

A Blue Sequin dress with feathers? When picking what color dress to rock this year look to the color wheel for help in choosing your accessories. Just like with makeup you need to choose complimentary colors for your shoes and clutches! Blue and pink go very well together. Also try to stay away from reds so you don’t seem overly patriotic. Another option is a bold purple or wine color. Trust me you are guaranteed to turn heads…

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Dress – Notte by Marchesa Embroidered Lace Dress $815
Shoes – Christian Louboutin So Kate 120mm Leather Pumps $675
Clutch – Alexander McQueen ‘Skull Punk’ Clutch $3,267 (FARFETCH.COM)

Nothing says holiday season, like Red on Red! This is already a bold color so pair with neutrals like black, nude and metallics. When doing a monochromatic night look go for texture. Satins and in this case lace will add the necessary interest to a one color outfit. This piece can be worn all winter long. Maybe I will do a separate post showing you how! I went for black shoes and black nails to add more dimension to the outfit.

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Dress – Lanvin Belted Draped Gown Out Of Stock
Shoes – Steve Madden Stecy $80
Clutch – Dawn Clutch Vince Camuto Black $290 (KURTGEIGER.COM)

This dress worn by Khloe Kardashian this year had to be a part of my Holiday Lookbook. The old Hollywood glam of the dress is so vintage and so me. Pair with big curls and pearls! Find a wrap dress with a satin finish that compliments your body shape. Wrap dresses are universally flattering when you find the right silhouette and length. The wine lip and nude heels just make the look complete.

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Dress – Jean Paul Gaultier Long Dress $711
Shoes – Christian Louboutin Follies Resille 120 Metallic Leather and Fishnet Pumps $895 (net-a-porter.com)
Clutch – Alexander McQueen leather Fringe Skull Box Clutch
Earrings – Pre-Owned VIP Exception Earrings $175
Necklace – Vanessa Mooney Chantal Rosary Necklace $45

This green dress look was inspired by an episode of the show “Being Mary Jane”. Gabrielle Union had on a fabulous green dress and red lip look with jet black curls. I added a gold heel in my interpretation. Avoid looking like a Christmas tree and choose your shades wisely… Sometimes with the richer colors like red and green you want to simplify the look with a non color like black. If you get a green dress this season please tag me on your social walls! I would love to see how you style yours! (@thee_shopaholic on Instagram and @Shopaholic411 on Twitter)

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Dress – Marchesa Satin Dress with Peplum in Black $1,975
Shoes – Christian Louboutin Allenissima $995
Earrings – Swarovski Bis Green Crystal Oval Stud Earrings $61

This look is for my shopaholics who aren’t so bold with their color choice this season. So here is an option that’s starts small. Pair your sleek head to toe black holiday dress and shoes with a bright pink lip and emerald earrings… We have to crawl before walking. Even if you don’t get your hands on a bright dress this winter incorporate color in your makeup or even nail polish. I can’t wait to see/read about what you ladies are wearing to parties this year! Use the hashtag #TheeShopaholicHolidayParty so I can see your posts!

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Holiday Gift Guide

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Just like that the end of the year is here again… So I decided to put together a holiday gift guide for “her” composed of some of my personal faves from the shopping universe.

Beauty For Her

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lip Set

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Currently Sold out online but still available at select Sephora locations.

This set is great for your sister, best friend or coworker that loves matte lipstick. The set comes with nine shades ranging from nude to bright reds and pinks; and also features a unique purple and deep wine. Why choose one shade when you can have them all!

Lorac Pro Eyeshadow Palette

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ULTA – $42

I received this palette for my birthday in November and I am in love! The palette is great for everyday looks as well as building a foundation for festive holiday looks this season. This is a great starter palette, but your makeup junkie friends will love you for getting your hands on this hot item!

Sonia Kashuk Brushes

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Not sold online at Target but can be found at participating stores. – $34.99

I went to Detroit and Miami for my birthday week and I left my makeup brushes at home (cue dramatic music). So I went to Target and picked up some Sonia Kashuk brushes that my friend Morenike (www.niketyi.com) pointed out to me. I had never tried this particular brand before… But I am hooked for life! The brushes are so soft and great for blending. This particular set is limited edition so act fast! I will admit that the brushes do shed a lot but most natural hair brushes DO shed (at least that’s what Morenike told me) and for the price for 10 brushes I think I can deal with a little shedding.

Artís Brushes

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Artís Brush Elite, Mirror Ten Brush Set – $275

If you do your own makeup daily you may benefit from this particular brush style. These perpendicular brushes allow you to get a lot closer to the mirror during makeup application. These are on my personal wish list and I can’t wait to test them out!

Fashion For Her

June Ambrose Gold “Harlow” Peep toe Wedge

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June by June Ambrose Harlow – $79.95

Need I say more? These Harlow wedges are from the June by June Ambrose collection and can be purchased at http://www.hsn.com

Accessories For Her

GabrielandCo Rings

This past weekend I attended the first installment of “Behind The Crown” a networking event put together by celebrity hair stylist and YouTube guru Tiarra Monet. I had the pleasure of working alongside a lovely woman by the name of Oyinkansola. While scrolling through her Instagram (@oyincansoda) I came across these beautiful rings…

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Gabriel & Co. – $$$$

IKR!!! The rings are from a company called GabrielandCo. All I have to say is… Go get you some!

Glint by Gayle

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Glint by Gayle – $35 to $75

Natosha Gayle has always been somewhat of an accessory connoisseur… She had been doing se by request only sales in the past via email but now she has launched an official site with some truly unique statement pieces as well as some fan favorites and for that we thank her.

Career Building For Her

One on One with Mia Ray

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I know some of my readers are bloggers as well. Especially the ones who may have attended the Behind The Crown event. If you have a small blog, website or business you will definitely benefit from this gift. The session with Mia (successful business owner and blogger) will give you a great starters guide to getting the most out of your intended goals. There’s a huge sale going on now for half of the session price. (Don’t say I didn’t warn you) In the meantime if you just want to keep up with her be sure to subscribe to her blog, if you haven’t already.

Email her to book your appointment today!

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I think that’s enough for now tell me what’s on your wish list this year in the comments below. I would’ve to hear what you want to get… Who knows I may just get it for you.